I would like to thank all of the SHU family members who came to campus last weekend for our annual Family Weekend. We endured some rainy weather, but still enjoyed a weekend filled with wonderful events, music and food. I hope everyone had a memorable time. I know I did.
Between now and November 6, be sure to go to the Art & Design Gallery to check out the newest exhibit, “Poverty and Inequality: Our Stories.” The project is the result of a collaboration between students and faculty from SHU and the staff and resident members of PT Partners. This is an interesting and worthy exhibit to visit.
Speaking of worthy things, it was great to see so many students, faculty and staff at the preview of Before the Flood, a documentary film featuring actor Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world learning about climate change. This terrifying film emphasized the need for changes at every level. We will need to think about what we can do here at SHU. If you didn’t get the chance to attend the screening, you can catch it on the National Geographic channel.
And still on the subject of film, alum Yusef Al-Rahman’s feature film Niya has been nominated for four African Academy Awards, including Best Actor US/UK and Best Director. Yusef graduated from SHU’s film and television master’s program and his professors tell me he was an incredible student and a model of the kind of filmmaker the program graduates. Congrats and good luck, Yusef!
This week we shared the news about our exciting partnership with Frontier Communications with a launch party on Wednesday. SHU’s School of Communication and Media Arts and Frontier are teaming up on CT Sports Now, the flagship program of Vantage Sports Network. The program is anchored by former WTNH sports director, Noah Finz, and produced, edited and directed by SHU graduate and undergraduate students. It is produced in our studios in the Martire building. We are thrilled to provide our students with hands-on, real-life skills.
Wednesday evening, we hosted “Religion and Politics: An Interfaith Conversation among Jews, Christians and Muslims.” Local clergy, including our own Father Tony Ciorra, had a conversation about what religious tradition brings to the political conversation of our day. I hope everyone enjoyed the enlightening talk.
Also on Wednesday, the Student Nurses Association dressed down for breast cancer awareness. Members of the group sported jeans and a breast cancer awareness T-shirt. Thank you all for showing your support to this important cause.
With each new semester, we look forward to Linda McMahon’s “Women Can Have It All” series. Linda, vice-president of our board of trustees, hosted Cindi Bigelow, CEO and president of Bigelow Tea Company. Cindi gave thoughtful answers to Linda’s questions about work-life balance and the sacrifices necessary to be a successful businesswoman. While she admitted to working early in the morning and late at night, Cindi shared that she was always available to take a phone call from her children. The program opened and closed with some beautiful music provided by SHU L.O.V.E.
An archaeology lecture with Dr. J. D. Kilby took place on Thursday as part of the Human Journey Colloquia Series, and another is slated for tonight. I hope you will join the Texas State University professor as he talks about Ice Age time capsules at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium.
We have an Open House here on campus on Sunday, and I hear we are expecting another big turnout. Please be sure to welcome our potential Pioneers and their families. We look forward to meeting everyone and showing them around our beautiful campus.
Hearts United, a club that supports active and retired military members, will be holding an event to make care packages. The first round of care packages with the Vets Club takes place November 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations of the following are being accepted: taurine water flavoring packets, food bars, board and card games, beef jerky, junk food, but no chocolate, laundry soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shaving razors, caffeine packets and baby wipes. Boxes and packing tape are also needed. Please consider our men and women in the military.
If theater and music is your thing, we have quite the weekend of events for you. Our theater arts students are putting on a production of Tick, Tick…Boom! The musical is by Jonathan Larson, who created Rent. The play runs October 27-30 and November 3-6. On Saturday, at 8 p.m. in the Edgerton, the Gaelic Club of Fairfield and the Center for Irish Cultural Studies at SHU present “A Terrible Beauty,” a suite in honor of the heroes of 1916. Then on Sunday, the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists present its 15th annual Pipescreams program at 4 p.m. at the Bridgeport Congregational Church. The concert includes Halloween-themed and Broadway musical pieces featuring a pipe organ, six choral groups with more than 200 singers, musicians, a 1920s silent film, costume contest with prizes and a reception. Choruses represent Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as the Norma Pfriem Children’s Choir. Finally, on Monday, SHU’s band presents, “Halloween Spooktacular” at 8 p.m. in the Edgerton. Join the band for a fun-filled concert celebrating all things haunted and scary.
We also have plenty for those who are into sports. Men’s soccer plays Bryant tonight at 5, and women’s soccer faces Bryant Sunday at noon. Field hockey goes head-to-head with Monmouth tonight at 6, and women’s ice hockey battles Holy Cross tonight at 7 at the Sports Center in Shelton. Our football team plays Saint Francis University at noon tomorrow. Go Pioneers!
Hope everyone has a spooky—and very safe—weekend!